History of building
The hotel (originally Pachtuv Palace, built in 1628) is more than just a building. It is a family-run boutique hotel with a history of over 400 years.
The hotel boasts stunning features including frescoes, vaulted chapel ceilings and cozy courtyards. The place retains its majestic charm with ornate decor, crystal chandeliers and impressive balconies. It is a building with stories. In the heart of one of Europe's most important cities.
A powerful nobleman named Count Hubert Karel Pachta of Rajov commissioned its construction upon a plot of land once occupied by five medieval townhouses. Pachta specifically hired Jan Josef Wirch to spearhead its design, who used a brilliant blend of Rococo design aesthetics as the source of his inspiration.
When Count Pachta’s illustrious castle debuted as the “Pachtuv Palace, it stood as one of the most spectacular estates in the heart of Prague. It was quickly developed a prestigious reputation as the setting for all sorts of lavish soirees, as the Count and his descendants frequently entertained countless dignitaries within the palace.
Jan Josef Pachta was known as a great lover of music and supporter of musical life and culture in Prague. He even had his own orchestra and regularly held concerts and dance parties in his house. Once the royal palace of the Pachta family hosted such luminaries as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Giacomo Casanova (1725-1798), Richard Wagner (1813-1883) or Alfons Mucha (1860-1939). Richard Wagner was also the private piano teacher of the Pachta daughters for about a year. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his wife Constanze were regular guests of the Count. Mozart believed that he had finally found his orchestra in Prague, and so he came here often in his later years. During one of his stays at Pachtuv Palace, Mozart was symbolically imprisoned by the Count (in what is now Signature Suite 213 - the Mozart Suite) because he had promised to compose several dance pieces for him on several occasions. Left with a few sheets of parchment and ink, after several hours Mozart finally completed his famous 6 German Dances, K. 509.
The original palace garden, which stretched down to Vltava River was heavily altered when Count Pachta constructed a luxurious Neoclassical apartment building at the location. The new building was referred to locally as the “Jirasek House.” It was named after the famous and respected Czech neurosurgeon Arnold Jirásek, who lived in the building with his wife. Today this is the front façade of the hotel.
Vaclav Havel, the icon of Czech Velvet Revolution and first former democratic president had to work as a "stagehand" in the adjacent theatre in the palace during communism, and as such spent weeks and months in our property, in the "foyer" on the second courtyard, and wrote here many of his works in the 1970s.